\ ˈskāt͟h How to pronounce scathe (audio) , ˈskāth \

Definition of scathe

 (Entry 1 of 2)


\ ˈskāt͟h How to pronounce scathe (audio) \
scathed; scathing

Definition of scathe (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to do harm to specifically : scorch, sear
2 : to assail with withering denunciation

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Other Words from scathe


scatheless \ ˈskāt͟h-​ləs How to pronounce scatheless (audio) \ adjective

Examples of scathe in a Sentence

Verb newspaper cartoonists scathed the lecherous governor with a series of cruel caricatures
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football debates always seem to scathe a few players in the new, with last Monday’s discussions centred around Newcastle forward Dwight Gayle., "Jamie Carragher Calls Out Premier League Striker for Being 'Sub-Standard'," 13 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of scathe


13th century, in the meaning defined above


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for scathe


Middle English skathe, from Old Norse skathi; akin to Old English sceatha injury, Greek askēthēs unharmed

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The first known use of scathe was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Scathe.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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